Photocredit: Rita Leduc and Patricia Brace with Amie Cunat's "May Poliolio"


Rita Leduc (Creator, Co-Founder, Director)

Leduc is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes photography, painting, drawing, collage, and installation. Collaborating with chosen locations, Leduc’s work addresses boundary conflation and resensitization of place in a world deprived of environmental empathy. Her work was most recently shown at Project 59 (Governors Island, NYC), RAW (Miami, FL), Ortega y Gasset Projects (NY), Shift Space (KS), This Friday or Next Friday (NY), and Public Address (NY). She has attended residencies such as PLAYA, Tofte Lake Center, Vermont Studio Center, and White Pines Program and has received support from NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Wells College Scholar-in-Residence Program, and Rutgers University. Recent publications include Artis Natura, A+E Collective, and 100days100women. Leduc received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches at Rutgers University and Ramapo College of New Jersey and is creator and co-founder of GROUNDWORK. www.ritaleduc.com 

Patricia Brace (Co-Founder)

Raised in Cherryfield, Maine, Brace is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses the relationship between dance, current events, and basic comparative psychology through her use of performance art, new media, and installation. Brace teaches at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and has recently exhibited at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine and This Friday Next Friday Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Brace's work has also been shown at Gary Snyder Project Space and SOHO 20 in New York and Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Smack Mellon, Public Address Gallery and Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the Professional Development Grant, Giza Daniels Endesha Award, the Ray Stark Film Prize, and the Leon Golub Scholarship at Rutgers University, and the co-founder of Sine Gallery and GROUNDWORK. www.patriciabrace.com

Chris Bodwich (Associate Director)

Bodwitch has been performing, teaching and choreographing modern, improvisational dance and physical theater for almost 3 decades. Her first creation was Rhombus Dance, a company dedicated to the experimentation of objects, moving bodies and the scientific process. Then, after participating in an intensive performance program at the Dell' Arte International in Blue Lake, CA, she fell in love with theatrical, european-style clown. She went on to study with Kendall Cornell and joined Clowns ExMachina, an all-women clown troupe in NYC. Currently, she runs a performance and (re)learning lab called Muck and Gold and is a student in the Dynamic Emotional Integration licensing program where she plans to integrate clown, dance and the language of our emotions for healing.

Clara DeAngelo (Executive Chef)

Formerly a Casting Associate for networks such as ABC, NBC, Amazon, and A&E, DeAngelo has since followed her passion for food, founding @taste.as.i.go and joining GROUNDWORK as resident Executive Chef. Now in the midst of transforming this passion into her career, she currently sits at the top of her class at the Culinary Institute of America. Her cooking style is elevated and elegant with a hearty, home-cooked backbone: rustic chic.